Historical Society of Carroll County

Baltimore Sun Article for July 1, 2001

25 Years Ago

Carroll Celebrates Nation’s Birthday – Carroll Countians came out in full force July 4 to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial birthday, giving the Farm Museum its biggest crowd ever – estimated at 20,000 by the fire police.  The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, which ‘planned, promoted and executed’ the Bicentennial Parade was probably not far from its estimate that 25,000 would attend the gala celebration.  Spectators lined both sides of Main Street on the entire two-mile parade route which started at Monroe Avenue and ended at the Farm Museum.  ‘I think this is the day the Chamber of Commerce united the entire county in a county-wide effort to honor the birth of our country,’ said Charles Schaffer, executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.   The Herald, July 7, 1976.

50 Years Ago

Munshower to Close Road Stands — The Colonel Calls Them Road Hazards and Dangerous to Traffic; Must Stop Under Law—Colonel Elmer F. Munshower, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police Sunday said that a road hazard that has plagued Maryland motorists year after year, from the beginning of the strawberry season, until the end of the apple season, will be eliminated this year under the provisions of a law passed by the 1951 General Assembly and now in effect.  Under the provisions of this law, produce vendors will not be able to use the state road right-of-way to display their wares, if in so doing they create what the State Police decide is a traffic hazard.  Colonel Munshower further said that when the law was under discussion at Annapolis, it was pointed out that while the vendor’s structures and vehicles themselves may not always create a traffic hazard, the cars of customers parked along the road constitute a serious accident potentiality.   Democratic Advocate, July 6, 1951.

75 Years Ago 

Dr. G. L. Wetzel Heads Charles Carroll Body – The monthly meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association of the Charles Carroll school which was held in the Feeser auditorium of the school on Tuesday evening was well attended and a most interesting program was rendered in which the subject of community needs were discussed and plans to obtain the same were suggested, after which the Principal, Prof. Sherman E. Flanigan, presented certificates for perfect attendance and deportment to the pupils of the various grades who attended school every day during the term.   Democratic Advocate, July 2, 1926.

100 Years Ago          

Considerable interest was manifested in the hearing and determination of several protests against the issue of saloon liquor licenses to persons in the southern part of this county, which have been decided by Judge Charles T. Reifsnider, before whom the protests were heard on Saturday last.  In one of the cases the applicant, Lewis E. Heldman, who wanted to conduct a saloon in Eldersburg, did not appear or answer the protest, and his application failed by this default.  Robert Sellman, one of the best-known residents of the county, an ex-member of the House of Delegates and a prominent Democratic politician, who keeps a general store at Watersville, was refused a saloon license mainly upon technical defects in his application.  William E. Buzzard, against whose application for a saloon license to sell liquor at Parrsville, in Mount Airy district, a protest was filed, was successful, and the court ordered the clerk to issue him a license.   American Sentinel, July 6, 1901.